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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
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Friday, February 8, 2013

{SUNSHINE as a Perfect Birthday Gift}

My Birthday was a very happy day and it was full of SUNSHINE. That made it already a Perfect Birthday Gift, considering the dreary, cold and rainy day that followed... Our foster-daughter Anita in Indonesia did Skype us via video call before breakfast time; that was a nice gift to see her beautiful face and smile in front of us. When we were reading our mail and had a cup of coffee with chocolate, our Liz called from Rotterdam in The Netherlands. With the iPhone in front of us, we could again chat via Skype video call. How times have changed for the better in communication! Lots of phone calls from family and friends. We also did go outside and I did snip off our only two Ehrlicheer daffodils that were blooming. We have almost no daffodil blooms this year; very sad... only leaves but no buds. But at least one Baccarat  perfume bottle could be filled with them, together with the two from a previous day. 
Happy at the dinner table with friends...
Happy with daughter Anita calling via Skype video before breakfast...
Happy with daughter Liz making a Skype video call and her singing happy birthday together with her Dad...
We started off with some Fog in the early morning but the forecast was excellent.
By 2:29 PM it was 78°F or 25°C Real Feel ~ what a Birthday gift with lots of SUNSHINE...
See the BLUE SKY? Smelling my two stems of Ehrlicheer daffodils; they are so fragrant!
Wearing my Escada jeans and Escada cotton cropped black sweater.
Also Escada shoes...
Frontal view of 62 year old me...
Happy day!
In-between telephone calls and such, I did manage to make some Tom Yam Koeng Thai soup with fresh Georgia shrimps and served with brown rice as a full meal.
Tiramisu for dessert with coffee...
Using my French Le Jacquard Français placemats and napkins and Baccarat crystal.
French Gien Rose soup bowls with Alvin Bridal Rose gumbo spoons...
Happily eating some of my tiramisu... sugar for a Birthday is allowed!
It felt great to be with dear friends at table...
Grateful for another year being added!


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62 comments:

  1. well, happy 62nd to you, mariette!

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  2. Oh happy birthday sweet lady and may you have a wonderful, happy, healthy and very fulfilling new year of life...aaaand many more!! I'm so happy you had a great sunny day and that soup looks yummy...wish I was there to give you a big hugs...but here goes just the same, via, blogland! How wonderful your pretty daughters could send you songs and dear wishes too. Big, big, big hugs!!!
    Fabby

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    1. Thanks dear Tabby for your sunny comment and for the big hugs!
      Love,
      Mariette

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  3. Hiep,hiep.....hoeraaaaa!!!

    Lieve Mariette van ♥HARTE GEFELICITEERD♥ met je verjaardag!!!

    En ik wens je nog vele jaren in goede gezondheid samen met man Pieter!!!

    Wat een heerlijk zonnige dag zal het geweest zijn met lieve mensen aan telefoon en om je heen,ja,ja.......ik dacht het al toen ik naar die mooi gedekte tafel keek in de fraaie soepkoppen.....dat moet een lekker pittig Thais soepje zijn,jammie,jammie...het water loopt mij in de mond op dit nachtelijk uur.

    Vergis jij je niet.....moet die 62 niet andersom staan;-)

    Geniet nog maar lekker na van deze heerlijke verjaardag en lieve groeten!!!
    Ger

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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Heel hartelijk dank voor je lieve wensen en die Thaise soep had ik graag met je gedeeld. Ik maak altijd een gróte pot vol met vier pond grote Georgia garnalen; vers van zee. Zelfs mijn Thaise vriendin vindt ze erg lekker. Heb het recept uit de nederlandse Nouveau en ik stuur het je graag toe als je wilt.
      Ja, tòch staan die cijfers goed... Maar ik kon menigeen een loer draaien!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  4. Look at you! Dang my friend, you are looking wonderful for 62.
    And I love, love, love the table setting. So pretty.
    Glad you had a wonderful birthday. You deserve it. xoxo

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    1. Dearest Susan,
      That must be from the spicy food that I crave... Who knows?! Thanks for the compliments.
      Hugs to you, Ava and siblings,
      Mariette

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  5. Happy Birthday dearest Mariette! It looks like you had a most wonderful day - good for you! Wishing you many more happy years.
    xo Catherine

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    1. Thanks Catherine and yes it was a most wonderful day!
      hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Oh Mariette, what a lovely day you had! Happy birthday, dear friend!
    Your daughters are very sweet to call you for birthday. I agree, communication has changed for much better! It feels very close even when you are far away. Beautiful sunny day and beautiful Mariette! Happy 62nd birthday!

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    1. Yes, Tamago the sun makes quite a difference as it does pick us up even more so than a tiramisu does. It's Italian meaning is also 'pick-me-up'. Thanks for your compliments!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Dearest Mariette、
    Oh my, Happy birthday to you♡♡♡ Really wonderful to have such a great day, my friend♬♬♬
    You look gorgeous and your daughters are beautiful ladies now.

    Glad for you from across the ocean; Love you always from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      It is great to get calls from the other side of the world and greetings from sweet blogger friends like you! Thanks for your compliments and birthday greeting.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Happy Birthday, dear Mariette! You look great and what a wonderful day you had!

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    1. Dearest Olga,
      Thanks for your compliment and greeting. It sure was a great birthday!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Dearest Mariette,
    Happy Birthday Mariette,
    A beautiful sunshine to your birthday and your daughter Anita use skype us via vidro call before breakfast time!
    Liz is her singing happy birthday with her Dad!
    French Glen ROSE Soup bowls with Alvin Bridal Rose are good your test.
    You are beautiful good looking lady.
    also you wearing Escada Jeans that is pretty smart in HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    Hugs and love to you always!
    Michiko

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    1. Thank you sweet Michiko san! You are my true role model; look at where you came from and I admire you how you recovered. Hugs and love always,
      Mariette

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  10. Joyeux anniversaire, chère Mariette. I am so happy you had so many friends and relatives thinking about you on your special day. And the sun! The beautiful Georgia sun! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Ma chère Véronique,
      Thanks for your greetings and yes, you remember the beautiful Georgia sun yourself from the time you studied in Atlanta... Small world but so glad we met!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Alsnog van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag Mariette.
    Wat een fijne dag heb je gehad.
    Lieve groet, Mea

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    1. Hartelijk dank Mea voor de felicitatie en ja hoor de dag was bijzonder en ook de dag erna!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  12. Dearest Mariette,

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY and all the best TO YOU!!!!

    Did not know that...:O( ... I am glad, you had such a lovely day in the Sun!

    HAve a lovely weekend,
    Love and hugs to you,
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Yes, my birthday comes around at the same pace at yours and I don't mind as long as we feel happy. With the sunshine it was a perfect one!
      Hugs and happy weekend to you as well.
      Mariette

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  13. Liebe Mariette,

    du strahlst, und das ist sehr schön.

    In Liebe

    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Wenn man glücklich ist und mit Freunde umringt dann strahlt man eben von selber!
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  14. Vor lauter Begeisterung habe ich vergessen, dir alles Gute zum Geburtstag
    zu wünschen. Das hole ich nun nach.
    Alles Gute
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Deine Worten waren auch so schon zum satt essen der Seele...
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  15. Jij heb teen mooie verjaardag gehad! Mooie dochters hebben jullie Mariette! Wat leuk voor je!

    Groeten Janny

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    1. Ja lieve Janny, dat was een erg mooie verjaardag. Een dag om in te lijsten. Mede ook door die dochters zijn we beiden zo happy!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  16. Happy birthday dearest Mariette! You look wonderful! I wish you the best and a happy life :)
    Anavi

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    1. Dearest Anavi,
      Thanks for your birthday wishes and the compliment!
      Love,
      Mariette

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  17. ma lo sai che sei veramente carina :) un bacione cara e buon week :) Elly

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    1. Grazie mille cara Elly, sei molto gentile. Anche voi un buon weekend con bacione grande.
      Mariette

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  18. You look like a little girl, I can't believe! :) :) :)

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    1. Oh Bella, nothing fake here... what you see is pure me! Thanks for your compliment and hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  19. The happiest of days to dear Mariette.

    Keep on dancing round the sun.............*S*

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    1. Thanks dear Suzi, and yes, like a butterfly we should dance in the sunshine... It does make one's soul light enough for taking flight!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. Gefeliciteerd !!!...heerlijk weer een jaartje erbij....geniet !!...liefs van mij...xxx...

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    1. Dank je lieve Ria, ja het optellen gaat best snel! Maar dat betekent ook dat we er nog zíjn. Reden tot genieten met diegenen die ons lief zijn.
      Lieve groetjes,
      Mariette

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  21. Cara Mariette,tanti tanti auguri di buon compleanno,che tu possa essere felice sempre!!
    Sei una donna fantastica,se vengo dalle tue parti per una gita,mi piacerebbe conoscerti!!;D
    Un bacione grande e ancora tanti tanti auguri iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!
    Sabry!!

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    1. Cara Sabrina,
      Se vengas nella mie parti per una gita, siete sempre benvenuti. Mi piacerebbe anche conoscerti, soprattutto come sei della mia amata Italia...
      Baci,
      Mariette

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  22. Happy Birthday to you dearest Mariette ! You are a lovely and elegant lady !
    I wish to you love, healthy and happiness !
    Olympia

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    1. Deares Olympia,
      Thanks for your birthday greetings and compliments! Yes, love, health and happiness make for perfect ingredients in our lives.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  23. Liebe Mariette,
    da hat dich der liebe Gott verwöhnt mit schönem Wetter zum Geburtstag. Hier ist das Wetter launisch, mal Sonnenschein, dann wieder Schneeregen. Wie schön, dass du deinen Geburtstag mit Freunden feiern konntest.
    Schöne Grüße,
    Johanna

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    1. Liebe Johanna,
      Ich denke nicht nur der liebe Gott sondern er hat auch viele liebe Engelchen rüber geschickt die meien Geburtstag sehr schön gemacht haben. Vielen Dank für Deinen Beitrag!
      Mariette

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  24. Happy birthday dear Mariette!! Wishing you all the best!

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    1. Thank you dear Jagoda for all the birthday greetings and well wishes.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  25. Lieve Mariette,

    Van Harte Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag! Zo te zien heb jee een prachtige dag gehad.

    Een fijn weekend toegewenst!

    Madelief x

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    1. Ja lieve Madelief, het kon eigenlijk niet mooier. Mooie herinneringen aan een prachtige dag! Ook een fijn weekend en lieve groet,
      Mariette

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  26. Happy birthday to you dear Mariette,wishing you all the best!!You also look great and what a wonderful day you had!My birthday is tomorrow!!
    Wishing you a lovely weekend!Hugs and kisses!
    Dimi..

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    1. Dearest Dimi, thanks for your birthday wishes and compliments. Hope you get an equally lovely and sunny day in Greece!
      Hugs and kisses to you,
      Mariette

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  27. Liebe Mariette,
    das sieht nach einem wundervollen Geburtstag aus - traumhaftes Wetter, köstliches Essen, schön gekleidet, mit lieben Menschen zusammen (ob nun via Skype oder "real") und schöne Blumen - ich freue mich für dich! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
    Fühl dich herzlichst ♥ rostrosig gedrückt!
    ♥ Alles Liebe, Traude ♥

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    1. Liebe Traude,
      Danke für die Glückwünsche und dein lieber Kommentar!
      Auch alles liebe und ein schönes Wochenende.
      Mariette

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  28. Happy Birthday, Marietta. Sunny weather is indeed a precious gift; I have almost forgotten what it looks like!
    --Road to Parnassus

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    1. Thanks a lot Jim for the birthday wishes. Hope you will soon get some special sun rays on your end!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  29. SELAMAT ULANG TAHUN MARIETTE TERSAYANG!

    wah ..senang dan bahagia sekali mengetahui hari ini ulang tahun Mariette. Bisa mengerti perassan Mariette ketika menerima salam hangat dari Anita di Indonesia, pasti sangat terharu sekali. Jika semua tercinta jauh dimata namun dekat di hati.
    saya sangat menyukai bagaimana Mariette berpakaian.
    Gazebonya ok juga ya.
    Tom Yam Koeng Thai....enak sekali, jadi ingin makan tom yam koeng.
    saya ucapkan selamat ulang tahun lagi dan semoga wekkend ini Mariette lewatkan dengan bahagia.
    salam hangat

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  30. Dearest Ayu,
    Terima kasih banyak atas komentar manis, yang membuat saya bahagia. Aku bisa membaca Bahasa Indonesia cukup baik. Ini membuat saya bahagia dan memberikan perasaan menjadi kembali di Bali dan Jawa. Ya, kadang-kadang saya rindu dan terutama selama musim dingin kita kehilangan itu sangat banyak. Juga buah-buahan segar dan begitu banyak hal...
    Hugs to you,
    Mariette

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  31. Dear Mariette, Oh, I missed your birthday! Please accept my apologies and I want to wish you a belated Happy Birthday! You make a lovely birthday girl and don't look your age at all, still so pretty with those long beautiful legs that go on forever. So wonderful that you did spend the day with friends and had some birthday wishes via Skype. Isn't it wonderful to see the faces of your loved ones so far away? Those daffodils bloomed just for you, I am sure. A big hug for you and so sorry I am late. xoxo

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  32. Lieve Mariëtte, nog van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag. Wat heb je een heerlijke dag gehad, daar kun je nog even van nagenieten. Je ziet er ook prachtig uit, zoals altijd trouwens. Ik vraag me af wat jou nou eigenlijk niet goed staat ;) Fijn weekend, lieve groet

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  33. Happy birthday, Mariette! So glad to see you had beautiful sunshine for your birthday. And the gift of friendship and family sending greetings your way. I love Tom Yum soup! Best wishes, Tammy

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  34. Dearest Mariette,

    So sorry I missed this post and I just want to wish you a very happy belated birthday and a great year ahead.
    Glad that you had a lovely day catching up with family and friends - isn't Skype a marvelous invention. Glad that you had a lovely day and you were able to pick some daffodils. The photos of you are fabulous.
    Best wishes and hugs
    Carolyn

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